This sweet and minty bourbon recipe is a modern twist on the classic mint julep. Mint herbal tea adds real mint flavor and antioxidants for a cocktail with benefits!
The mint julep is a traditional summer cocktail that is rooted in the American south. It dates all the way back to the 1700’s which proves this drink has stood the test of time. This festive cocktail even became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1939.
To give this classic drink a present-day makeover while staying true to its roots, coconut sugar is used to create a rich minty simple syrup along with mint tea crystals. Coconut sugar is lower glycemic than table sugar and has a molasses flavor that resembles Demerara or brown sugar. If you are eliminating sugar altogether, erythritol sweetener is a good substitute that tastes like real sugar.
The herbal mint tea crystals are made with spearmint leaves for a true clean mint flavor. Mint tea helps support healthy digestion. This tea is caffeine-free so the recipe can be enjoyed day or night.
Once the syrup cools, it is mixed with muddled fresh mint leaves and bourbon. You can use any brand of whiskey, but to stay true to this recipe, Kentucky bourbon is recommended. A middle price range bourbon works just fine since it will be mixed and not sipped on its own. The cocktail is strained over crushed ice and finished with fresh mint right before enjoying.
Mint Tea Julep
- 6 mint leaves + extra for garnish
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 sachet Pique mint herbal tea
- 2 oz. bourbon
- Crushed ice
- Heat water and coconut sugar over medium low heat until steaming. Turn heat off and stir in mint tea crystals. Pour into a small jar and refrigerate until chilled.
- Add mint leaves to a pint glass or martini shaker. Muddle. Add mint tea syrup and bourbon and stir. Strain over crushed ice and garnish with additional fresh mint.
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